Magnus Carlsen, the world's number 1, won the first day of his quarter-final duel with the Filipino-born Wesley So (2.5: 0.5) at the Lindores Abbey Rapid Chess Challenge on Sunday evening second game a stormy opening before stacking two wins and forcing the Filo to draw in the third game of the online chess championship.
"It was obviously a pleasant surprise for me," Carlsen told chess24.com. "I would say let the man (So) be redeemed in the next few days."
So you have to win day 2 of your matchup on Tuesday evening to force a crucial day 3. Otherwise Carlsen runs away with a direct semi-final ticket.
Another win will bring Carlsen to a semi-final against the American Hiraku Nakamura or the Armenian Levon Aronian. Nakamura has a 1-0 lead on day 2 of his own series on Monday evening.
Daniil Dubov scored a 3-0 win over his Russian compatriot Sergey Karjakin in the duel of the other quarters on Sunday.
After winning the first game, So aggressive took on Carlsen's Berlin defense. "I made a number of questionable decisions at the opening," admitted the 29-year-old reigning world champion. But Carlsen handled well and finally forced So to resign 2-0.
When he tried to reduce his losses, he drew again after only 18 moves in the next game. INQ
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